a great honor! The Philippines and Vatican
City are the only two countries in the
world where divorce is illegal! I do
not know if there are any married couples
living in Vatican City, but in the Philippines
there are millions of them!
anti-life, anti-family, homosexualist
forces will rage against the Philippines
as they already rage against the Vatican.
The Vatican located in the West overseeing
the worldwide Church and the Philippines
located in the East fielding its Filipino
diaspora throughout the world will more
and more constitute the two gravity
centers for the defense of the faith
and the re-evangelization of the world.
As such, the full force of our diabolical
enemy will be unleashed against these
bastions of Christianity.
is even more reason to re-evangelize
the Philippines during this decade of
grace. And let us continue to strongly
and aggressively defend traditional
marriage and family life.
parliament passes divorce legislation
Thaddeus Baklinski | Wed Jul
27 16:05 EST | Family
July 27, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com)
- The parliament of the officially Catholic
island country of Malta voted on Monday
to legalize divorce, following a May
referendum that saw 53% of voters approve
of divorce legislation.
was the only EU member-state that did
not allow divorce, now
leaving the Philippines and Vatican
City as the two remaining countries
in the world where divorce is illegal.
measure was passed by the country’s
parliament in a 52 to 11 vote with five
MPs of the ruling Nationalist Party
were allowed to vote according to their
conscience, the results came as a blow
to Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi, who
had opposed divorce ahead of the referendum;
he had voted against the measure. Nineteen
of the 35 Nationalist Party legislators
voted in favor of the measure.
was reported, however, that Gonzi, while
not pleased with the result of the vote,
acknowledged that amendments to the
legislation, which now allows couples
who have lived separately for at least
four years to file for a divorce, makes
it more acceptable than was its original
Catholic Bishops of Malta had urged
citizens to vote “no” in
the divorce referendum, maintaining
that divorce was the “wrong solution”
to marital problems.
choice in favor of divorce,” wrote
the bishops in a pastoral letter in
May, “leads to the further destruction
of marriage and the family and, as a
consequence, the destruction of values
and the quality of life.”
with a population of 410,000, has recognized
divorces that were obtained by Maltese
couples abroad for about thirty years.
Statistics show that approximately 785
Maltese couples have obtained divorces
out of the country during this time.
new legislation is expected to come
into effect in October after President
George Abela signs it into law.
to me to live is Christ, and to die is
gain." (Phil 1:21)